MA Art & Material Histories

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The Art School has a long tradition of working with and thinking through materials. Through online lectures, seminars and tutorials, coupled with in-person workshops and site visits, you will engage with leading experts from a broad range of creative disciplines and professional fields. They will enable you to shape a research area related to Classical, Modern, Contemporary, International and/or Emerging Perspectives, exploring art history’s intrinsic relationship with tools, materials and processes. As well as textual sources and case studies, your research can also be supported by practical hands-on enquiry. You will be encouraged to use this as a basis to question accepted notions of beauty, value and significance as well as the processes behind the making of meaning and the production of affect.


The Art School’s relatively small scale and the working relationships between the Fine Art, Conservation and Historic Carving departments provide a unique context allowing you to gain a richer understanding through shared online resources. Taking full advantage of our central London location, part of your in-person time at the Art School will include visits to museums, galleries, project spaces and collections as a vital learning resource.  We’ll also encourage you to take part in research visits in the area in which you are based.


All our tutors are practicing professionals, experienced in delivering high quality online courses, giving you access to a wide range of skills, experience and knowledge. You’ll have access to our specialist workshop facilities including a dedicated drawing studio and print room during your in-person periods at the Art School, with artist-technicians available to support you.


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